Cyrilla racemiflora Linnaeus. Phen: May-Jul; Sep-Oct. Hab: Pocosins, swamps, lake and pine flatwood pond margins, streambanks, pine flatwoods. Dist: E. VA (Accomack County) south to sc. peninsular FL, west to e. TX.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Taxonomy Comments: Thomas (1960) interprets this species very broadly, as also distributed in the West Indies, Belize, Mexico, and n. South America (notably the tepuis and Gran Sabana of s. Venezuela), but I interpret plants in these areas as belonging to other species. The leaves are quite variable in shape and size; the venation and glossy smoothness, however, are distinctive once learned.
Synonymy: = C, G, K1, RAB, S, Tx, Va, Kurz & Godfrey (1962), Small (1924b); < Cyrilla racemiflora L. – Fl5, FNA8, GW2, K3, K4, WH3, Thomas (1960); > Cyrilla racemiflora L. var. racemiflora – F; > Cyrilla racemiflora L. var. subglobosa Fernald – F